Tag Archive: Creative Writing

Pictures That Need an Explanation

I have a folder full of pictures that I’ve found online at various points. Today I wanted to share some of the unusual, funny, and unique ones with you. If you’re a writer and you find inspiration in one of them, feel free to grab it. I’d love to see what story or poem ideas you…






A Review of Today’s Rainy Weather

Title: Spring Storms: When March 31 Attacks Author: Gaia Terra Publisher: Cosmos Rating: 4 Earths out of 5 Review: Don’t let the weatherman fool you. Rainy days aren’t just for April anymore. To be perfectly honest with you, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this very much when I first picked it up. Gloomy, damp, Thursday mornings are such…






The Room at the End of the Hall

You followed your normal bedtime routine last night: teeth flossed and brushed; pets taken out for their evening walk; cellphone muted; 15 minutes of reading a pulpy mystery before you slipped into a dreamless sleep. It came as a surprise to you, then, to wake up on a cold, hard, marble floor. A white wall stands behind you….






Silent People Love Story

Someone found my blog by searching for this phrase recently. I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I thought I’d write a flash fiction for those of you who do.  Candy hearts litter the dash. What a nice touch for our last Valentine’s Day. I sneak one as Jake permanently seals the doors and starts the engine. We’ve…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






After the Storm: Part Twenty

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen of this story. Aunt Lucy must be immortal. Not only had the oldest member of the Mingus Mountain community survived the fever that had claimed so many, she bounced up…






After the Storm: Part Nineteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen of this story. “What do you mean they just let him go?” Daphne’s joy at seeing both of her children return home safe was quickly becoming tinged with irritation. “When I…






After the Storm: Part Fifteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve ,  thirteen, and fourteen of this story. It wasn’t until the loose brick she’d pried from the kitchen hearth found its target that Paige realized the trespasser might still be human. She lit a lamp with shaking hands. As Paige crept up to figure out who…






After the Storm: Part Fourteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve , and thirteen of this story. Paige sat the little stone table her first wife had carved as a wedding present for her decades ago. It was funny how quickly time passed. Fifty happy, painful, warm, and exhausting years flew by in a heartbeat, and now that…






After the Storm: Part Twelve

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten , and eleven of this story. Daphne heard her left knee click as she gingerly stretched her legs and crawled out of bed. It was even more stiff and painful than usual, but the only strenuous activity she’d indulged in the day before was moving the…






Tag Archive: Creative Writing

Pictures That Need an Explanation

I have a folder full of pictures that I’ve found online at various points. Today I wanted to share some of the unusual, funny, and unique ones with you. If you’re a writer and you find inspiration in one of them, feel free to grab it. I’d love to see what story or poem ideas you…






A Review of Today’s Rainy Weather

Title: Spring Storms: When March 31 Attacks Author: Gaia Terra Publisher: Cosmos Rating: 4 Earths out of 5 Review: Don’t let the weatherman fool you. Rainy days aren’t just for April anymore. To be perfectly honest with you, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this very much when I first picked it up. Gloomy, damp, Thursday mornings are such…






The Room at the End of the Hall

You followed your normal bedtime routine last night: teeth flossed and brushed; pets taken out for their evening walk; cellphone muted; 15 minutes of reading a pulpy mystery before you slipped into a dreamless sleep. It came as a surprise to you, then, to wake up on a cold, hard, marble floor. A white wall stands behind you….






Silent People Love Story

Someone found my blog by searching for this phrase recently. I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I thought I’d write a flash fiction for those of you who do.  Candy hearts litter the dash. What a nice touch for our last Valentine’s Day. I sneak one as Jake permanently seals the doors and starts the engine. We’ve…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






After the Storm: Part Twenty

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen of this story. Aunt Lucy must be immortal. Not only had the oldest member of the Mingus Mountain community survived the fever that had claimed so many, she bounced up…






After the Storm: Part Nineteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen of this story. “What do you mean they just let him go?” Daphne’s joy at seeing both of her children return home safe was quickly becoming tinged with irritation. “When I…






After the Storm: Part Fifteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve ,  thirteen, and fourteen of this story. It wasn’t until the loose brick she’d pried from the kitchen hearth found its target that Paige realized the trespasser might still be human. She lit a lamp with shaking hands. As Paige crept up to figure out who…






After the Storm: Part Fourteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve , and thirteen of this story. Paige sat the little stone table her first wife had carved as a wedding present for her decades ago. It was funny how quickly time passed. Fifty happy, painful, warm, and exhausting years flew by in a heartbeat, and now that…






After the Storm: Part Twelve

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten , and eleven of this story. Daphne heard her left knee click as she gingerly stretched her legs and crawled out of bed. It was even more stiff and painful than usual, but the only strenuous activity she’d indulged in the day before was moving the…






Tag Archive: Creative Writing

Pictures That Need an Explanation

I have a folder full of pictures that I’ve found online at various points. Today I wanted to share some of the unusual, funny, and unique ones with you. If you’re a writer and you find inspiration in one of them, feel free to grab it. I’d love to see what story or poem ideas you…






A Review of Today’s Rainy Weather

Title: Spring Storms: When March 31 Attacks Author: Gaia Terra Publisher: Cosmos Rating: 4 Earths out of 5 Review: Don’t let the weatherman fool you. Rainy days aren’t just for April anymore. To be perfectly honest with you, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this very much when I first picked it up. Gloomy, damp, Thursday mornings are such…






The Room at the End of the Hall

You followed your normal bedtime routine last night: teeth flossed and brushed; pets taken out for their evening walk; cellphone muted; 15 minutes of reading a pulpy mystery before you slipped into a dreamless sleep. It came as a surprise to you, then, to wake up on a cold, hard, marble floor. A white wall stands behind you….






Silent People Love Story

Someone found my blog by searching for this phrase recently. I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I thought I’d write a flash fiction for those of you who do.  Candy hearts litter the dash. What a nice touch for our last Valentine’s Day. I sneak one as Jake permanently seals the doors and starts the engine. We’ve…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






After the Storm: Part Twenty

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen of this story. Aunt Lucy must be immortal. Not only had the oldest member of the Mingus Mountain community survived the fever that had claimed so many, she bounced up…






After the Storm: Part Nineteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen of this story. “What do you mean they just let him go?” Daphne’s joy at seeing both of her children return home safe was quickly becoming tinged with irritation. “When I…






After the Storm: Part Fifteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve ,  thirteen, and fourteen of this story. It wasn’t until the loose brick she’d pried from the kitchen hearth found its target that Paige realized the trespasser might still be human. She lit a lamp with shaking hands. As Paige crept up to figure out who…






After the Storm: Part Fourteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve , and thirteen of this story. Paige sat the little stone table her first wife had carved as a wedding present for her decades ago. It was funny how quickly time passed. Fifty happy, painful, warm, and exhausting years flew by in a heartbeat, and now that…






After the Storm: Part Twelve

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten , and eleven of this story. Daphne heard her left knee click as she gingerly stretched her legs and crawled out of bed. It was even more stiff and painful than usual, but the only strenuous activity she’d indulged in the day before was moving the…






Tag Archive: Creative Writing

Pictures That Need an Explanation

I have a folder full of pictures that I’ve found online at various points. Today I wanted to share some of the unusual, funny, and unique ones with you. If you’re a writer and you find inspiration in one of them, feel free to grab it. I’d love to see what story or poem ideas you…






A Review of Today’s Rainy Weather

Title: Spring Storms: When March 31 Attacks Author: Gaia Terra Publisher: Cosmos Rating: 4 Earths out of 5 Review: Don’t let the weatherman fool you. Rainy days aren’t just for April anymore. To be perfectly honest with you, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this very much when I first picked it up. Gloomy, damp, Thursday mornings are such…






The Room at the End of the Hall

You followed your normal bedtime routine last night: teeth flossed and brushed; pets taken out for their evening walk; cellphone muted; 15 minutes of reading a pulpy mystery before you slipped into a dreamless sleep. It came as a surprise to you, then, to wake up on a cold, hard, marble floor. A white wall stands behind you….






Silent People Love Story

Someone found my blog by searching for this phrase recently. I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I thought I’d write a flash fiction for those of you who do.  Candy hearts litter the dash. What a nice touch for our last Valentine’s Day. I sneak one as Jake permanently seals the doors and starts the engine. We’ve…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






After the Storm: Part Twenty

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen of this story. Aunt Lucy must be immortal. Not only had the oldest member of the Mingus Mountain community survived the fever that had claimed so many, she bounced up…






After the Storm: Part Nineteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen of this story. “What do you mean they just let him go?” Daphne’s joy at seeing both of her children return home safe was quickly becoming tinged with irritation. “When I…






After the Storm: Part Fifteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve ,  thirteen, and fourteen of this story. It wasn’t until the loose brick she’d pried from the kitchen hearth found its target that Paige realized the trespasser might still be human. She lit a lamp with shaking hands. As Paige crept up to figure out who…






After the Storm: Part Fourteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve , and thirteen of this story. Paige sat the little stone table her first wife had carved as a wedding present for her decades ago. It was funny how quickly time passed. Fifty happy, painful, warm, and exhausting years flew by in a heartbeat, and now that…






After the Storm: Part Twelve

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten , and eleven of this story. Daphne heard her left knee click as she gingerly stretched her legs and crawled out of bed. It was even more stiff and painful than usual, but the only strenuous activity she’d indulged in the day before was moving the…






Tag Archive: Creative Writing

Pictures That Need an Explanation

I have a folder full of pictures that I’ve found online at various points. Today I wanted to share some of the unusual, funny, and unique ones with you. If you’re a writer and you find inspiration in one of them, feel free to grab it. I’d love to see what story or poem ideas you…






A Review of Today’s Rainy Weather

Title: Spring Storms: When March 31 Attacks Author: Gaia Terra Publisher: Cosmos Rating: 4 Earths out of 5 Review: Don’t let the weatherman fool you. Rainy days aren’t just for April anymore. To be perfectly honest with you, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this very much when I first picked it up. Gloomy, damp, Thursday mornings are such…






The Room at the End of the Hall

You followed your normal bedtime routine last night: teeth flossed and brushed; pets taken out for their evening walk; cellphone muted; 15 minutes of reading a pulpy mystery before you slipped into a dreamless sleep. It came as a surprise to you, then, to wake up on a cold, hard, marble floor. A white wall stands behind you….






Silent People Love Story

Someone found my blog by searching for this phrase recently. I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I thought I’d write a flash fiction for those of you who do.  Candy hearts litter the dash. What a nice touch for our last Valentine’s Day. I sneak one as Jake permanently seals the doors and starts the engine. We’ve…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






After the Storm: Part Twenty

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen of this story. Aunt Lucy must be immortal. Not only had the oldest member of the Mingus Mountain community survived the fever that had claimed so many, she bounced up…






After the Storm: Part Nineteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen of this story. “What do you mean they just let him go?” Daphne’s joy at seeing both of her children return home safe was quickly becoming tinged with irritation. “When I…






After the Storm: Part Fifteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve ,  thirteen, and fourteen of this story. It wasn’t until the loose brick she’d pried from the kitchen hearth found its target that Paige realized the trespasser might still be human. She lit a lamp with shaking hands. As Paige crept up to figure out who…






After the Storm: Part Fourteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve , and thirteen of this story. Paige sat the little stone table her first wife had carved as a wedding present for her decades ago. It was funny how quickly time passed. Fifty happy, painful, warm, and exhausting years flew by in a heartbeat, and now that…






After the Storm: Part Twelve

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten , and eleven of this story. Daphne heard her left knee click as she gingerly stretched her legs and crawled out of bed. It was even more stiff and painful than usual, but the only strenuous activity she’d indulged in the day before was moving the…






Tag Archive: Creative Writing

Pictures That Need an Explanation

I have a folder full of pictures that I’ve found online at various points. Today I wanted to share some of the unusual, funny, and unique ones with you. If you’re a writer and you find inspiration in one of them, feel free to grab it. I’d love to see what story or poem ideas you…






A Review of Today’s Rainy Weather

Title: Spring Storms: When March 31 Attacks Author: Gaia Terra Publisher: Cosmos Rating: 4 Earths out of 5 Review: Don’t let the weatherman fool you. Rainy days aren’t just for April anymore. To be perfectly honest with you, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this very much when I first picked it up. Gloomy, damp, Thursday mornings are such…






The Room at the End of the Hall

You followed your normal bedtime routine last night: teeth flossed and brushed; pets taken out for their evening walk; cellphone muted; 15 minutes of reading a pulpy mystery before you slipped into a dreamless sleep. It came as a surprise to you, then, to wake up on a cold, hard, marble floor. A white wall stands behind you….






Silent People Love Story

Someone found my blog by searching for this phrase recently. I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I thought I’d write a flash fiction for those of you who do.  Candy hearts litter the dash. What a nice touch for our last Valentine’s Day. I sneak one as Jake permanently seals the doors and starts the engine. We’ve…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






After the Storm: Part Twenty

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen of this story. Aunt Lucy must be immortal. Not only had the oldest member of the Mingus Mountain community survived the fever that had claimed so many, she bounced up…






After the Storm: Part Nineteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen of this story. “What do you mean they just let him go?” Daphne’s joy at seeing both of her children return home safe was quickly becoming tinged with irritation. “When I…






After the Storm: Part Fifteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve ,  thirteen, and fourteen of this story. It wasn’t until the loose brick she’d pried from the kitchen hearth found its target that Paige realized the trespasser might still be human. She lit a lamp with shaking hands. As Paige crept up to figure out who…






After the Storm: Part Fourteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve , and thirteen of this story. Paige sat the little stone table her first wife had carved as a wedding present for her decades ago. It was funny how quickly time passed. Fifty happy, painful, warm, and exhausting years flew by in a heartbeat, and now that…






After the Storm: Part Twelve

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten , and eleven of this story. Daphne heard her left knee click as she gingerly stretched her legs and crawled out of bed. It was even more stiff and painful than usual, but the only strenuous activity she’d indulged in the day before was moving the…






Tag Archive: Creative Writing

Pictures That Need an Explanation

I have a folder full of pictures that I’ve found online at various points. Today I wanted to share some of the unusual, funny, and unique ones with you. If you’re a writer and you find inspiration in one of them, feel free to grab it. I’d love to see what story or poem ideas you…






A Review of Today’s Rainy Weather

Title: Spring Storms: When March 31 Attacks Author: Gaia Terra Publisher: Cosmos Rating: 4 Earths out of 5 Review: Don’t let the weatherman fool you. Rainy days aren’t just for April anymore. To be perfectly honest with you, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this very much when I first picked it up. Gloomy, damp, Thursday mornings are such…






The Room at the End of the Hall

You followed your normal bedtime routine last night: teeth flossed and brushed; pets taken out for their evening walk; cellphone muted; 15 minutes of reading a pulpy mystery before you slipped into a dreamless sleep. It came as a surprise to you, then, to wake up on a cold, hard, marble floor. A white wall stands behind you….






Silent People Love Story

Someone found my blog by searching for this phrase recently. I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I thought I’d write a flash fiction for those of you who do.  Candy hearts litter the dash. What a nice touch for our last Valentine’s Day. I sneak one as Jake permanently seals the doors and starts the engine. We’ve…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






After the Storm: Part Twenty

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen of this story. Aunt Lucy must be immortal. Not only had the oldest member of the Mingus Mountain community survived the fever that had claimed so many, she bounced up…






After the Storm: Part Nineteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen of this story. “What do you mean they just let him go?” Daphne’s joy at seeing both of her children return home safe was quickly becoming tinged with irritation. “When I…






After the Storm: Part Fifteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve ,  thirteen, and fourteen of this story. It wasn’t until the loose brick she’d pried from the kitchen hearth found its target that Paige realized the trespasser might still be human. She lit a lamp with shaking hands. As Paige crept up to figure out who…






After the Storm: Part Fourteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve , and thirteen of this story. Paige sat the little stone table her first wife had carved as a wedding present for her decades ago. It was funny how quickly time passed. Fifty happy, painful, warm, and exhausting years flew by in a heartbeat, and now that…






After the Storm: Part Twelve

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten , and eleven of this story. Daphne heard her left knee click as she gingerly stretched her legs and crawled out of bed. It was even more stiff and painful than usual, but the only strenuous activity she’d indulged in the day before was moving the…






Tag Archive: Creative Writing

Pictures That Need an Explanation

I have a folder full of pictures that I’ve found online at various points. Today I wanted to share some of the unusual, funny, and unique ones with you. If you’re a writer and you find inspiration in one of them, feel free to grab it. I’d love to see what story or poem ideas you…






A Review of Today’s Rainy Weather

Title: Spring Storms: When March 31 Attacks Author: Gaia Terra Publisher: Cosmos Rating: 4 Earths out of 5 Review: Don’t let the weatherman fool you. Rainy days aren’t just for April anymore. To be perfectly honest with you, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this very much when I first picked it up. Gloomy, damp, Thursday mornings are such…






The Room at the End of the Hall

You followed your normal bedtime routine last night: teeth flossed and brushed; pets taken out for their evening walk; cellphone muted; 15 minutes of reading a pulpy mystery before you slipped into a dreamless sleep. It came as a surprise to you, then, to wake up on a cold, hard, marble floor. A white wall stands behind you….






Silent People Love Story

Someone found my blog by searching for this phrase recently. I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I thought I’d write a flash fiction for those of you who do.  Candy hearts litter the dash. What a nice touch for our last Valentine’s Day. I sneak one as Jake permanently seals the doors and starts the engine. We’ve…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






After the Storm: Part Twenty

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen of this story. Aunt Lucy must be immortal. Not only had the oldest member of the Mingus Mountain community survived the fever that had claimed so many, she bounced up…






After the Storm: Part Nineteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve , thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen of this story. “What do you mean they just let him go?” Daphne’s joy at seeing both of her children return home safe was quickly becoming tinged with irritation. “When I…






After the Storm: Part Fifteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve ,  thirteen, and fourteen of this story. It wasn’t until the loose brick she’d pried from the kitchen hearth found its target that Paige realized the trespasser might still be human. She lit a lamp with shaking hands. As Paige crept up to figure out who…






After the Storm: Part Fourteen

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,  twelve , and thirteen of this story. Paige sat the little stone table her first wife had carved as a wedding present for her decades ago. It was funny how quickly time passed. Fifty happy, painful, warm, and exhausting years flew by in a heartbeat, and now that…






After the Storm: Part Twelve

Just tuning in? Catch up with parts one, two, three, four,  five,  six,  seven, eight, nine, ten , and eleven of this story. Daphne heard her left knee click as she gingerly stretched her legs and crawled out of bed. It was even more stiff and painful than usual, but the only strenuous activity she’d indulged in the day before was moving the…